Cross-tie replacement won’t close St. Charles Avenue streetcar after all

Cross-tie replacement won't close St. Charles Avenue streetcar after all

Date: Mar 16, 2011

Cross-tie replacement won't close St. Charles Avenue streetcar after all

After two weeks of consultation with City Hall, the Regional Transit Authority has decided to rehab the St. Charles Avenue streetcar track in 11 sections, an approach that will allow the agency to provide uninterrupted service on its busiest line during construction.

The RTA had originally planned to complete the project in two stages, starting with a shutdown of the Uptown end of the line from Napoleon Avenue to the terminus at South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues.

That strategy called for buses to replace streetcars along that stretch of track through October, when work on the downtown portion of the line was to begin.

Under the revised game plan, work to replace aging wooden crossties that hold the rails in place will proceed on only one side of the track at a time, with the other remaining open. Streetcars will use crossovers to bypass construction.

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